Oh the fun. The frivolity in these challenging times. The great thing to come out of these challenging times is to have wonderful opportunities to host New Zealand celebrities, to learn, to share and most of all have fun.

The excitement when we had our first culinary expert, Peta Mathias, come to present, was palpable.  Twenty people joined us for a very intimate cooking class with tastings and wine matchings along the way.  What a night!  Not only in the culinary sense but the night itself. 

A storm was brewing and it hit full force just about as Peta was about to start.  Up went out outdoor umbrellas.  One into the chicken coop and one on top of the Sunlover roof.  The bang was enough to frighten the participants, with one of our elderly guests hitting the floor with fright!  You can imagine the drama ensuing.  The men chasing the heavy umbrellas, the girls gathered around the poor woman on the floor.  Paramedics were called and Peta carried on!

You'll be pleased to hear, the woman dropped to the floor with fright and didn't die of fright!  No chickens were harmed.  So it certainly was a night of high drama and one our guests will never forget I'm sure.  The food was absolutely delicious!  And who knew that Peta was such an amazing singer ... I do now!

So we've decided to carry on with this theme and create a series of events throughout the year.  Donating all profits to a local charity.  

Our next delight is one of New Zealand's most iconic cooks, Jo Seagar.  Jo Seagar brought the term "easy peasy" to all of our vocabulary as she whipped up incredible edibles using simply the food in your fridge.  Jo says, “I am looking forward to being able to share clever ideas and amazing recipes for home grown entertaining and celebrations that don’t bust the budget!” . We are looking forward to that too Jo!  

Jo is hosting a Long Lunch, Devine Dinner and Dessert with Coffee ... she'll be busy but we will make sure Jo is well look after.  I'm excited to meet Jo in person. 

All of these events are being hosted at Sunlover.  We do try hard to support local initiatives by sponsoring room nights.  The Tairua School was unable to hold their festival this year and decided to produce a wonderful raffle.  Two nights at Sunlover was a part of the lovely prize.  

The Mercury Bay Art Escape is a real favourite on the Coromandel.  Not only do you get to wander around looking at fabulous art, but the artists set up their homes to display their art.  Oh the places you will go!  The wonderful out of the way places these clever people have set up home and shop.  And they are just oh so clever.  We love to coillect art here at Sunlover.  So these weekends are a real pleasure.  When Mercury Bay Art Escape asked for our support we were more than happy to be of help.

So there is a wonderful raffle out there folks!  Details below.  We hope to see you hear at some stage to take advantage of everything that is going on this summer. 

Win an experience for 2 at the Mercury Bay Art Escape with Tauranga’s 95.8 The Breeze!

The prize includes:

- Two tickets to attend the Mercury Bay Art Escape Gala Opening event happening on Friday, March 5, at 6pm at Hot Waves Cafe

- Two nights’ accommodation at Sunlover Retreat, Tairua, March 5 & 6 with hosts Donna and Chris Brooke

- 2 half-day pool passes from The Lost Springs, Geo-thermal Pools, Whitianga

- Dinner for 2 at Hotties Beachfront Eatery, Hot Water Beach, Saturday March 6

Listen to Mark and Jolene weekday mornings 6am - 10am to get in the draw.

From March 6th, enjoy fifty plus artists including potters, sculptors, painters, printmakers, photographers, flax weavers and more!

Posted by Donna Brooke on February 02, 2021